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University of Arizona plans to test wastewater of off-campus housing

https://www.kold.com/2020/10/13/university-arizona-plans-test-wastewater-off-campus-housing/

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -The University of Arizona is expanding its wastewater testing to include off-campus student housing.

Monday night, U of A leaders met with several management companies over Zoom.

However, with Halloween and Thanksgiving fast approaching, one city leader is looking for firmer action.

The University’s COVID-19 dashboard shows a drop in the number of students getting tested since mid-September.

“What you don’t know is what you don’t know,” said Steve Kozachik, a Tucson City Council Member. “And so, to the extent that students are saying, ‘I am not going to test’ means that the data is flawed.”

Kozachik calls the data a “self-selected sample”.

Meanwhile, University officials say they are heading in the right direction.